American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 14th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (29-38) at Oakland Athletics (41-27), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Joe Saunders (4-6, 5.12)
Oakland - Tommy Milone (6-5. 3.69)
(Sports Network) - Following a marathon performance and a three-game sweep of
the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics get back to work Friday against
the AL West-rival Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three-game series.
The Athletics completed the sweep of the visiting Yankees with Thursday's 3-2
win in 18 innings and Nate Freiman's RBI single off future Hall of Fame closer
Mariano Rivera extended Oakland's home winning streak to 11 games.
"It was very taxing even winning the game. To lose could have been
demoralizing," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Oakland, which beat the Angels in 19 innings on April 29, became the first
American League team to play two 18-inning games in one season since the A's
and Washington did so in 1971.
Robinson Cano gave New York a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a home run,
but the Athletics came back with two runs in the third. Chris Young scored on
a Derek Norris groundout and Seth Smith, who had a team-high three hits, added
an RBI double. Scoring was put on hold until Freiman came through against
Rivera in the 18th with the bases loaded and one out.
"There are a couple of people that, regardless of the team you root for, you
can't really root against -- Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera," Freiman told the
club's website. "I've been a Red Sox fan my whole life, and I've always
admired the way Rivera's carried himself throughout his career, the
professionalism and class. So that was a big thrill."
The A's used seven pitchers and Jesse Chavez pitched the final 5 2/3 innings
for the win. Jarrod Parker was on point over the first eight innings and
allowed two runs and five hits in the no-decision.
"I knew I was going to be in it for the long haul," Chavez said afterward. "I
was going to tell Bob I wanted to go until we scored. I knew we didn't have
anyone else. I didn't want to burn one of our starters."
Oakland has won 10 of 13 and 21 of its last 26 games and will send Tommy
Milone to the mound Friday. Had Chavez ran into trouble in Thursday's win,
Milone may have been called on in relief, but he was able to stay rested for
the Mariners and looks to keep his unbeaten streak intact.
Milone is 3-0 in his past five outings and did not figure into the decision of
Saturday's 4-1 loss against the Chicago White Sox, as he struck out seven and
yielded one run in seven innings of work. In 13 starts this season, the left-
hander is 6-5 with a 3.69 ERA. Milone is 1-1 in two starts against Seattle
this season and 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in seven career starts in this series.
Seattle will open a seven-game road trip Friday against the A's and LA Angels
and just went 5-5 on a recent homestand.
The Mariners were denied a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with
Wednesday's 6-1 loss at Safeco Field. Houston scored all six of its runs in
the top of the ninth inning after the hosts grabbed a 1-0 lead the inning
before. Tom Wilhelmsen was dealt the loss for giving up five runs in the ninth
and wasted an exceptional performance from Jeremy Bonderman, who struck out
five and walked two over eight shutout innings.
"Tom is one of the best in the game so I don't have any problem with that move
at all," Bonderman said of being removed to start the ninth. "Ninety-nine
percent of the time he's probably going to seal it down. It's just part of the
Nick Franklin's two-out RBI single in the eighth gave Seattle a short-lived
1-0 lead. Franklin ended with three hits for the Mariners, losers in seven of
the last 12 contests.
Joe Saunders will handle pitching duties for the Mariners Friday and he is
coming off a 3-1 loss to the Yankees on Saturday. He was reached for all three
runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, dropping his record to 4-6 in 13 starts
with a 5.12 earned run average.
Saunders, a left-hander, is 1-2 in his past five outings and defeated Oakland
on May 12 with a 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win. The A's, though,
defeated Saunders in his season debut on April 3 at the Coliseum, where they
tagged him for four runs in four innings of a 6-2 decision. Saunders, a former
Angel from 2005 through parts of 2010, is 14-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 22 career
starts against Oakland.
The Mariners have taken four of seven matchups with Oakland so far this season
and split a four-game set by the bay from April 1-4.
06/14 10:30:30 ET